Many listeners have mentioned that they enjoy hearing the guests recommend books on Perpetual Chess, so I made a page to show all books that have been written by and/or recommended by Perpetual Chess guests. I will update this page regularly. Some repeat recommendations are omitted after the first listing. Note that this list is in order of guest appearance, so the most recent guests are the whole way at the bottom of this page. :)

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PS I am working from memory on this list, and I am definitely forgetting a few, so please email me if you can think of other recommended books. . 



Recommended by GM Jan Gustafsson:

The King: Chess Pieces
By J. H. Donner


Recommended by IM Nazi Paikidze:


Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
By Mark Dvoretsky
Positional Decision Making in Chess
By Boris Gelfand

Written by IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Modernized: The Open Sicilian
By Zhanibek Amanov, Kostya Kavutskiy

Written by IM Christof Sielecki

Recommended by IM Christof Sielecki

Endgame Strategy (Everyman Chess)
By Mikhail Shereshevsky

Recommended by GM Jon Ludvig Hammer

Written by IM Michael Rahal


Written by GM Alex Yermolinsky (and recommended by Jon Ludvig Hammer)

The Road to Chess Improvement
By Alex Yermolinsky

Recommended by WGM Sabina Foisor

Grandmaster Preparation: Calculation
By Jacob Aagaard

Recommended by GM Mesgen Amanov

The Mammoth Book of Chess
By Graham Burgess

Recommended by IM John Bartholomew

Recommended by IM David Pruess

Life & Games of Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal
My 60 Memorable Games
By Bobby Fischer

Recommended by GM Pontus Carlsson

Written by GM David Smerdon

Smerdon's Scandinavian
By David Smerdon

Recommended by GM David Smerdon

Recommended by GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Perfect Your Chess
By Andrei Volokitin, Vladimir Grabinsky

Written by GM Hikaru Nakamura

Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate
By Hikaru Nakamura, Bruce Harper

Recommended by GM Hikaru Nakamura

Recommended by Writer Sean Williams

Recommended by IM Eric Rosen

Imagination in Chess by Paata Gaprindashvilli (out of print but available used)


Written by FM Alisa Melekhina


Recommended by FM Alisa Melekhina

Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide
By Mauricio Flores Rios

Written by GM Danny Gormally

A Year Inside the Chess World
By Daniel Gormally

Recommended by GM Danny Gormally

Chess for Tigers
By Simon Webb

Written by Coach Jay Stallings

Fried Liver & Burning Pants
By Jay Stallings

Recommended by Coach Jay Stallings

Recommended by GM Robert Hess

My System
By Aron Nimzowitsch, Lou Hays

Written by GM Judit Polgar

Written by James Altucher

Choose Yourself!
By James Altucher
Reinvent Yourself
By James Altucher

Recommended by James Altucher

Recommended by GM Loek Van Wely

Written by GM Jesse Kraii

Lisa: A Chess Novel
By Jesse Kraai

Recommended by IM Sagar Shah

GM Daniel King's Powerplay DVD Series

Written by IM John Watson

Chess Strategy in Action
By John Watson

Recommended by GM Cristian Chirila

Recommended by Jonathan Corbblah

Written by WGM Jennifer Shahade

Recommended by WGM Jenn Shahade

Recommended by IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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Recommended by GM Ben Finegold

Winning Chess Brilliancies
By Yasser Seirawan

Recommended by GM Nils Grandelius

Grandmaster Preparation
By Lev Polugaevsky

Written by IM John Donaldson and IM Eric Tangborn

Bobby Fischer: The Early Years: 1943 - 1962
By John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn
Bobby Fischer: The Later Years: 1963 - 2008
By John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn

Recommended by IM John Donaldson

Recommended by IM Greg Shahade

Mastering Chess Strategy
By Johan Hellsten

Recommended by GM Pepe Cuenca

Recommended by GM Pascal Charbonneau

Recommended by GM Elshan Moradiabadi

Fundamental Chess Endings
By Karsten Müller, Frank Lamprecht
Rook Endings (Tournament Player's Collection)
By Grigory Levenfish, Vasily Smyslov

Recommended by Mark Crowther 

Chess Lessons
By Vladimir Popov

Recommended by John Hartmann

Too many books to list, but here is a google doc with all of John's favorite/recommended chess books. Enjoy. :) 

Recommended by IM Asaf Givon

Recommended by GM Melik Khachiyan

Recommended by GM Yaroslav Zherebukh

Recommended by Adam Weissbarth


Recommended by Dan Lucas


Recommended by IM Kassa Korley

Perfect Your Chess
By Andrei Volokitin, Vladimir Grabinsky

Recommended by Mike Hoffpauir and Carol Meyer

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
By Bobby Fischer, Stuart Margulies, Don Mosenfelder


Written by Sunil Weerumantry , Alan Abrams and Robert McLellan

Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History
By Sunil Weeramantry, Alan Abrams, Robert McLellan

Recommended by GM Irina Krush

Botvinnik: One Hundred Selected Games
By Mikhail Botvinnik, Stephen Garry

Recommended by Candidate Master Andrzej Kryzdwa

Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies
By Ghenrikh M. Kasparyan
Pump Up Your Rating
By Axel Smith

Recommended by GM Josh Friedel

Thinking, Fast and Slow
By Daniel Kahneman


Written by GM Genna Sosonko

Recommended by Judit Sztaray

Solving in Style
By John Nunn

Written by FM Carsten Hansen

... plus many others :) 

Recommended by FM Carsten Hansen

Recommended by FM Mike Klein

Written by NM Fred Wilson

Picture History of Chess
By Fred Wilson
Simple Attacking Plans
By Fred Wilson

plus many more :) 

Recommended by NM Fred Wilson

Attacking Technique
By Colin Crouch
Botvinnik: One Hundred Selected Games
By Mikhail Botvinnik, Stephen Garry
Stein: Move by Move
By Thomas Engquvist

Recommended by Stacia Pugh

Recommended by GM Yannick Pelletier


Recommended by IM Kostya Kavuiskiy

Recommended by IM Saravanan

Written by GM Andy Soltis

Soviet Chess 1917-1991
By Andrew Soltis

and many more :)

Recommended by GM Andy Soltis

Written by GM Lev Alburt

Plus many more. :)

Recommended by GM Lev Alburt

Chess Fundamentals (Algebraic)
By Jose Raul Capablanca

Plus the books of Yasser Seirawan, Susan Polgar and Dvoretsky.

Recommended by Tarjei Svensen

Combinative Motifs
By Maxim Blokh

Written by Elliott Neff

Recommended by Elliott Neff

Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
Practical Endgame Tips
By Edmar Mednis

Written by Christopher Chabris

The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us
By Christopher Chabris, Daniel Simons

Recommended by Christopher Chabris

Under the Surface
By Jan Markos
Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide
By Mauricio Flores Rios

Recommended by Cristobal Cervino

Endgame Strategy
By Mikhail Shereshevsky

Recommended by NM Alex King

The Chess Tutor (using the Steps Method)

Chess Notes by Edward Winter

Solving in Style
By John Nunn
The Best in Chess
By I.A. Horowitz, Jack Straley Battell
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
By Mark Dvoretsky

Recommended by GM Michael Rohde

Art of Attack in Chess
By Ladimir Vukovic

Recommended by Chessable Co-Founder David Kramaley

Recommended by Carsten Hensel

Grandmasters of Chess
By Harold C Schonberg

Recommended by GM Pontus Carlsson

Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide
By Mauricio Flores Rios

Recommended by IM Mark Dvoretsky

Test Your Positional Play (Macmillan Library of Chess)
By Robert Bellin, Pietro Ponzetto
The Best Move
By Vlastimil Hort, Vlastimil Jansa
Practical Endgame Tips
By Edmar Mednis

Recommended by GM Johann Hjartarson

50 Attacking Games by Fridrick Olafsson (available only in Icelandic)

Written by GM Joel Benjamin

Recommended by GM Joel Benjamin

Pawn Structure Chess
By Andrew Soltis
How to Open a Chess Game
By Larry Evans